October 20, 1965

REVIEW: Petula at the Copa.
Petula Clark, who clicked with her "Downtown" disking for Warner Bros., is making her nitery debut and indicates she can be a staple on the circuits. Miss Clark, with a petite gamine look and personality, is a devotee of "the beat," but knows enough to put away childish ways for her stand at the Jules Podell hospice. She's been in UK and overseas variety tours for some seasons, but to the fore more vie for her recent disc clicks.

Miss Clark's mien is that of a youngster clawing her way to womanhood. The background of the beat is tempered: Her outlook on a tune coincides
a great deal with the viewpoint of the audience. She has an adult presentation, sophisticated only in the sphere of arrangements, but down-to earth in presentation and manner. The mode of her act is clearly stamped in her initial presentation, "Getting to Know You,' to which she handles a complex vocal and tune pattern with extreme skill. This bundle from Britain entered the good graces of the audience with this number, and through others, such as the more recent "l Know a Place," the Allan Sherman lyrics of "Only for Americans," a French medley and her finale "Downtown," gave the audience ample reason to applaud and welcome a personality who will rate return dates.

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"Petula's debut is a Swinger" .
British singer Petula Clark, making her American nightclub debut at the Copacabana, is a snappy little blonde who should be around long after her first big pop hit, "Downtown" is forgotten. By the end of her opening night act, she had the crowd yelling for more, something the generally blase Copa crowd doesn't do often. For one thing she can sing, whether she's belting out "Round Every Corner" or putting over a softened "I Want to Hold Your Hand" ("since I knew the Beatles wouldn't be here tonight"). Better yet, she can sing with style. Her treatment of a quartet of songs from My Fair Lady makes it easy to imagine her sparkling on a Broadway musical. "You realize you own New York, don't you?" a ringsider noted politely. It's one way of summing up Miss Clark's sale of 20 million records and a limitless future. Sharing the bill is Lee Tully, one of the better topical comics around.

Cash Box
October 23, 1965

"Pet Clark: How to Win Friends by Sheer Talent"
NEW YORK - Petula Clark, whose first name is pronounced Pet-u-la, her friends call her Pet, will undoubtedly win a lot of new friends, thanks to her current, two-week appearance the the Copacabana. It's her first engagement at the nitery, but more interesting than that, she is doing her initial English-sung appearance at a nitery in four years. With her big disc success, the diminutive bundle of considerable talent hasn't been seen in a nightclub outside of France, where, it should be recalled, she really hit the big-time.

Not that she's neglecting French, mind you, for one of her charming numbers at the Copa is a French lyric reading of "Hello, Dolly" and there's a "La Vie en Rose" tribute to the late Edith Piaf among others.

However, she often makes the engaging most out of her native England background, singing her English-cut hits "Downtown," "I Know a Place," "Round Every Corner," a medley from My Fair Lady and a fascinating bluesy treatment of "If I Ruled the World" from Pickwick the English musical that just opened here.

And in her haunting salute to her fellow countrymen, the Beatles, she does "I Want to Hold Your Hand" ballad-style. which makes the tune sound good music all the way. Ending her act with a rollicking treatment of Frank Loesser's "If I Were a Bell," Pet makes it even more apparent that she rings the bell as a singing artist who ranks with the best on the scene today.

Also, Irving Berlin's "Only for Americans" which originally kidded tourist traps in Paris, is done with a new London-locale lyric by Allan Sherman. It's delightful.